May is performance month for the Sonoma State University music department, and with 23 events happening over 15 days, it's a great opportunity to take a break, feed your creative side and support live music. Most concerts are free and everything is free to SSU students with ID.
For a complete list of concerts as well as student recitals to which the public is always welcome to attend, visit http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/perf/tix_music.shtml.
Here's a bird's eye view of the major performing ensembles:
Classic and Contemporary Jazz Ensembles - Doug Leibinger, director, swings through the history of jazz with combos dedicated to classic and modern charts. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5. Ives Hall, Warren Auditorium. Free.
Chamber Wind Ensemble - Andy Collinsworth, conductor, leads the Chamber Wind Ensemble performing smaller works composed for winds in pairs, mixed woodwinds and brass, and clarinet choir. 2 p.m., Sunday, May 8, Green Music Center, Music Education Hall 1028. Free.
Brass Ensemble, Of Stage and Screen - Travel the soundscape of emotions in an all-brass setting, from the solemnity of Sigfried's Funeral March to the exhilarating Quidditch score from Harry Potter with Director Ruth Wilson. Noon, Thursday, May 12. Green Music Center, Music Education Hall 1028. Free.
Latin Band - Drummer Kendrick Freeman of the Petaluma-based One World Band has studied and performed with artists from Congo, Ghana and Haiti. After a four-year hiatus he returns to Latin Band. 7:30 p.m.,Thursday, May 12. Ives Hall, Warren Auditorium. Free
University Chorus and Chamber Singers - A Multi-Cultural Celebration - Jenny Bent, conductor, takes the University Chorus and Chamber Singers on a multi-cultural journey that begins in America and spans the globe. 7:30 p.m., May 13 and 4 p.m., May 14. Holy Family Church, 1500 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park. $12 general; $10 SSU faculty, staff and alumni; $8 seniors. Students w/ID free.
Jazz Orchestra - Jazz Studies program director Doug Leibinger brings back the SSU Jazz Orchestra for a full evening concert of Big Band music - from Glenn Miller to the 21st century. 7:30 p.m., May 14, Warren Auditorium. Free.
Percussion Ensemble/Improvisation Ensemble - Percussion instructor Jennifer Wilsey Marsh combines her passion for rhythm and the meditative exercise known as deep listening for a one-of-a-kind performance. 4 p.m., Sunday, May 15, Green Music Center, Music Education Hall 1028. Free.
String Orchestra - A concert of works for string orchestra led by violinist Beni Shinohara and cellist Judiyaba, members of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.7:30 p.m., Monday, May 16. Green Music Center, Music Education Hall 1028. Free
Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Portraits in Sound - Andy Collinsworth, conductor, invites all a concert of fantastical musical vignettes: Dancing in Rain by Japanese composer Yo Goto, Frank Ticheli's Angels in the Architecture featuring soprano Esther Rayo, and Warren Benson's light and airy The Solitary Dancer. 7:30 p.m., May 19 , Evert B. Person Theatre. $12 general; $10 SSU faculty, staff and alumni; $8 seniors. Students w/ID free.
Chamber Singers, Sacred Bridge - Jenny Bent, conductor, leads the SSU Chamber Singers in a program that superbly unites the sacred and secular. Her Mozart's reverential Missa Brevis and exquisite choral settings of classic poetry, include Remembrances of Love by James McCray. 7:30 p.m., May 21 and 4 p.m., May 22. Holy Family Church, 1500 E. Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park $12 general; $10 SSU faculty, staff and alumni; $8 seniors. Students w/ID free.
For more information, call the box office at (707) 664-2353. For a complete listing with performance times and locations, visit http://www.sonoma.edu/performingarts/music/.